If you have a trip booked over the coming weeks and months, you’re not alone. Many are facing difficult challenges surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. In this article, we’ll answer some of your most common questions that travelers have about COVID-19 and help guide you in making the best decision for you and your family.
Should I cancel my trip?
We’d be inclined to say yes, but this question is a personal one and you should come to your own conclusion. Consider the following when making this decision:
-Your own health, the health of those around you, and the possibility that you could be a part of spreading the virus to other places by traveling.
-Countries are announcing new quarantine and isolation implementation on travelers daily, and you should look into this before you travel. It’s entirely possible that a new rule could be implemented while you’re en route.
-Many of the things you’re likely traveling to visit could be closed: Museums, parks, historical sites, etc.
-Airlines are canceling flights, countries are limiting routes, and other forms of transportation are being limited.
What if my trip is several months away?
It’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen over the next few months, but experts are suggesting that the peak of the viruses spread in the USA will be sometime between April 14 and June 14.
That being said, you should check your tickets to see when the latest date is that you can cancel. This will give you some confidence that you don’t have to make a decision right away. Watch the situation and wait to see how it plays out as your cancelation date gets closer.
How do I cancel my flight or hotel?
Check the website of the company you booked with and see if you can cancel online. You’re looking to get a refund or travel vouchers at the very least.
In many cases, you won’t be able to do this online. You’ll have to call the company’s customer service line directly and speak to an agent who can process your refund. Most major airlines are waiving ticket change fees at the moment, so take advantage and call. But prepare for long waits, most airlines are asking customers only traveling within 72 hours to call at the moment.
Will my travel insurance help?
Not likely. It’s possible, but you’ll need to call and see. Many insurance companies are referring to this incident as an act of God, which limits your coverage. If you booked your travel in the last couple of months after the outbreak began, you’ll likely have a tough time getting your money back.
Remember, this too shall pass. But in the meantime, it’s best to consider your health and the health of others. You can always rebook your trip.